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Public Administration and Society

Critical Issues in American Governance, 3rd Edition

By Richard C Box


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For instructors who want to expose their students to the social, political, and historical context of the practice of public administration, this book provides a unique approach to the introductory PA course. The author's own text is skilfully interwoven with a collection of seminal readings and documents that illuminate the key issues of past and present for public service professionals in a democratic society.

More than an overview of public administration, Public Administration and Society offers students a broad perspective on the American Founding Era, the relationship of citizens to government, and how the structure of government reflects societal values. The premise of the book is that understanding the societal context is important to the success of the practitioner and to the practitioner's role as a responsible agent of change in a democratic society.

Introductory essays and readings offer students perspectives on five important thematic areas in public administration: the Founding-Era debate over the size and scope of government, the relationship of the community to the individual, public organizations and policy making, values and public administration, and the role of the public service practitioner in a democratic society.

This new edition of features five new readings, and, based on input from adopters, an entirely new section on public policy making (Part IV: Public Organizations and Policy). The author's part-opening sections have all been extensively revised and updated.

Table of Contents

Selected Contents:


Part I. Introduction to the Central Issues: Context, Change, and Democracy

1. Scope and Content of Public Administration

Instrumental and Contextual Public Administration

The Unique Public Sector

Coercion and Government

Scope and Content of American Governments

2. Time and Change: The Environment of Public Administration

Predispositions and Freedom of Thought

Recurring Themes

A Picture of Change

Historical Peculiarity

Historical Similarity

Change and Economics

3. Democracy, Citizenship, and Governmental Structure

Democratic Citizenship

Precursors of American Democracy

Toward a New American Government

Contemporary Public Service Institutions

Republican Form of Government

The "Vertical" Structure of Government

The "Horizontal" Structure of Government

Politics and Administration


Part II. Creating a New Democracy

Founding Figures

The Federalist Papers

Federalist Papers 10, 17, and 51

The Anti-Federalist Response

Tocqueville's Concerns About Democracy

Reading 2.1 The Federalist Papers, Nos. 10, 17, & 51

Reading 2.2 Introduction to The Federalist Papers Reader, Frederick Quinn

Reading 2.3 Interpretative Essay, W.B. Allen, Gordon Lloyd, and Margie Lloyd

Reading 2.4 What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear, Alexis de Tocqueville

Part III. Community and the Individual

Reading 3.1 The Public Realm, Thomas E. McCollough

Reading 3.2 Barn Raising, Daniel Kemmis

Reading 3.3 The Nature of Community Governance, Richard C. Box

Part IV. Public Organizations and Policy

Reading 4.1 Democracy, Public Administrators, and Public Policy, Dale Krane

Reading 4.2 A Brief Tour of Public Organization Theory in the United States, Gary S. Marshall

Reading 4.3 The Future of the American Bureaucratic System, Richard J. Stillman II

Part V. Values and Public Administration

Reading 5.1 Unequal America: Causes and Consequences of the Wide--and Growing--Gap Between Rich and Poor, Elizabeth Gudrais

Reading 5.2 Introduction to New Public Administration, H. George Frederickson

Reading 5.3 Practitioners, Richard C. Box

Reading 5.4 Running Government Like a Business: Implications for Public Administration Theory and Practice, Richard C. Box

Part VI. The Public Service Practitioner in a Democratic Society

Reading 6.1 Democracy and Public Service, Mary R. Hamilton

Reading 6.2 The Citizenship Role of the Public Professional: Imagining Private Lives and Alternative Futures, Richard C. Box

Reading 6.3 Transforming Citizenship and Governance, Claire Mostel

Reading 6.4 Obituary: Team Metro, Claire Mostel


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Law Enforcement